Student reports sex assault at off-campus NC State frat party

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- NC State students are on edge after a campus wide "Wolf Alert" went out Monday morning.

Campus police say a female student alleged to have been sexually assaulted at an off-campus fraternity party early Sunday morning.

No one at the fraternity, Delta Sigma Phi, which is located in the 1500-block of Tryon Road, would say anything about the incident. They referred ABC11 to the national organization.

That group emailed a statement saying: "Our National Headquarters and Rho [Raleigh] Chapter will fully cooperate with the university and police on their investigations, as well as conduct our own internal investigation. Our Fraternity Code of Conduct demands members 'respect the dignity of all persons.' We are committed to creating and maintaining a positive, safe environment for all those in the NC State community."

The details in the allegation are sketchy at best: a white man with brown hair.

"It's a lot of guys, it describes a lot of guys," said NCSU freshman Eleanor Yeh.

However, Yeh and other students told ABC11 they'd rather get vague alerts than no alerts at all.

"It's nice to know our campus is letting us know when something bad happens," said Maddie Severance, another freshman at State. "Usually, they retract them and say this didn't actually happen, but it's nice to know that even when they get the warnings, they get us the information immediately."

Campus police tells ABC11 they have to get the information out by federal law. The Jeanne Clery Campus Safety Act, first passed in 1992 and strengthened in 1998, requires all schools that accept federal money to issue timely alerts about crime on and around campus.

"I guess the setting helps," said Yeh. "Knowing it's at a frat party, I'm more careful at a frat party."

"I think it's important to know what's going on even if it is just an allegation," said Severance, "because you don't want it to be covered up because that will turn out to be even worse."

Anyone with information is asked to contact University Police at (919) 515-3000.

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